Two cameras up - notes and pics included

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  1. Mr_D

    Mr_D Getting comfortable

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    Parts used:

    Dahua HDW4231EM-AS 3.6mm fixed starlight turret x 2
    Dahua PFA-139 junction box x 2
    Samsung 128 GB Evo micro SD card x 2

    3/4" schedule 40 PVC conduit & conduit bodies
    1" metal conduit clamps
    Monoprice solid copper Cat6 cable (already had)

    Cable Matters 12 port Cat6 wall mount patch panel (dedicated to cameras)
    BV Tech 18 port POE switch (dedicated to cameras - uplinks to existing Ubiquiti Edgeswitch)


    After a few months of researching and testing, I finally got my first two cameras up. Like many, I started with a single Dahua 5231 varifocal starlight turret and tested various focal lengths at different locations around the house. Had I not found this site, I probably would have wound up with some 2.8mm, 4MP dome cameras, mounted way too high. I chose the PFA139s due to them being easier to work with than the 130E. The 139's look like they'll still provide excellent protection, plus these locations are semi-protected and should see very little direct rain anyway. I used dielectric grease in the RJ45 connection to protect the conductors.

    The house has a pretty big attic, but some areas are still inaccessible, so that factored into placement and cable routing decisions. The two I just installed are on the north-facing garage. The driveway camera is about 7.5' high and aimed northwest. The front yard camera is about 6.5' high due to the eave and aimed northeast. I'll be using conduit to protect the cables when I install cameras in the back, so I decided to run conduit inside the garage to gain experience fishing cable through it. It also looks cleaner.

    From the cameras, the wires go straight through the walls, then the conduit takes them to a point on the garage ceiling where there's enough attic space above to work. The Cat6 cable I used was stiff enough to push it between the conduit bodies easily.

    Conduit inside the garage: The wires enter the attic at the end of the run to the right of the pink kiddie pool. On the opposite end, above the door, I left a stub of PVC in case I decide to install another camera on the opposite corner of the garage door.

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    Front-Yard.jpg

    Driveway.jpg

    The shots from the cameras are using mostly default setting, except I lowered the noise reduction to 25 and increased the gamma to 70 which helps open up the shadows. I'm still figuring out all of the camera settings. With the IR disabled, they switched to black and white about 20 minutes after sunset.

    The camera coverage slightly overlaps directly in front of the front door. I plan on installing a 6mm mini-wedge to the left of the front door. The image below shows a test shot with the entry pretty tightly framed so it should get a good look at anyone approaching. I'll have to tune the final camera to deal with that backlighting.

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    I already have a Ring doorbell to the right of the door, so I have some ultra wide angle coverage of the entry area. I may eventually add an overview camera or replace the ring with an onvif camera but that's a ways down the road.

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    I had planned on using my existing Synology NAS to record temporarily, but it doesn't seem to like the 4231's even though I got the 5231 to work. For now, I'm just recording motion to the SD card and using Smart PSS on the PC and TinyCam Pro on my phone to monitor. I plan to buy a used PC and run Blue Iris for 24/7 recording. I have a VPN server on my Edgerouter so I can view the cameras remotely without forwarding ports.
     
  2. aristobrat

    aristobrat IPCT Contributor

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    Man, that PVC pipe install looks very sharp. I'm about to do some camera wiring inside my garage, ... now I'll feel like a slacker if I don't also use PVC. Thanks! :D
     
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    looney2ns IPCT Contributor

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    Nice job! :headbang:
     
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    mat200 IPCT Contributor

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    Very nice job! @Mr_D I'm adding this to my notes ;-)
     
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    TonyR IPCT Contributor

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    Great job!

    I love PVC conduit & fittings; just a PVC cutter tool, no threading, and indoors in a controlled environment and under certain circumstances (short runs, in closet, enough clamps, etc.), you can even get away with no glue at all. It's just a dream to work with if you've ever had to cut, bend and thread RGS or cut & bend EMT.

    Again...kudos!
     
  6. Mr_D

    Mr_D Getting comfortable

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    Yeah I already had the PVC cutters and glue from working on sprinklers. The stuff I just did isn't glued which came in handy when the wire got hung up on a joint near the corner. It is clamped down tightly so it's not going anywhere. I'll have to make sure any joints I do outside are completely seated since they will be glued. Like I said, I wanted to get some experience pulling wire through conduit before I have to tackle the outdoor runs.
     
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    Curious how \ why your "Night - No IR" image appears way more lit up than the "Night Smart IR" image?
     
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    Mr_D Getting comfortable

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    The IR can only throw so far and tends to be brightest in the center of frame, so the camera exposes for that. I'm still working on the settings.

    Ambient light at night comes from a 13w CFL porch light behind the Front Yard camera and a street light on the right side of the Front Yard image. There is another 13w CFL out of frame to the left of the Driveway image. Also, my area has lots of light pollution, especially when its cloudy as it has been the last couple of nights. Its not well lit, but its not super dark here either. The back of the house is much darker.
     
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  10. Hammerhead786

    Hammerhead786 Young grasshopper

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    @Mr_D. Nice job there. I'm having to do something similar in my garage since I can't get one of the cables into the garage attic easily. Are you able to post a picture of how you have your cables going into the attic?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Mr_D Getting comfortable

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    The cables for these two cameras enter the attic through the garage ceiling at the conduit body by the pink pool. It's just a 1/2" hole in the ceiling right above the conduit body. I didn't want to make a bigger hole and try to push a whole 3/4" conduit through. There's just one big attic over most of the house and garage so from there its an easy run back to my office closet where the patch panel and switch live.
     
  12. Hammerhead786

    Hammerhead786 Young grasshopper

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    Thanks. Appreciate it.